THE FALL, 2013
THE FALL (2013)
100 x 130 cm C-type print Edition 5 + 2AP
The Fall is a work created as an outcome of a research process on horserace photo-finish images. The first stages involved digitising the original negatives and creating my own fiction by destroying these pieces of ‘evidence’. By defacing, altering, overlaying various negatives, horses appeared together that raced on different days, the linear composition turned into a circular one and horses seemed to float in the air rather than fight their way forcefully to the finish line. The true winners and losers of this race were in fact the bettors and the wealth (or loss of) that followed the race. Experiencing the atmosphere at the track, the heightened excitement of the crowd as the horses neared the finish line, the screams and beer flying in the air as the horses crossed that same finish line, all resembled a banal situation of children playing, albeit with not such a banal outcome. I re-staged an actual race with the human form embodying the horse, a seemingly benign image that is in fact loaded with codes and critique of both the medium of photography as well as the risks of chance and betting.
The game is childish, the stakes are not.